In France, the pharmacy : the sole place to buy medicines

If you’re not feeling well, your first option is to talk to a pharmacist.

Unlike in the US where you can buy an aspirin and other over the counter (OTC) drugs virtually anywhere, in France common items such as Ibuprofen and saline solution are only sold in Pharmacies (not in supermarkets or at Monoprix). You can locate a Pharmacy by looking for the large, illuminated green cross sign. To buy any OTC drugs, you need to talk to the pharmacist. Pharmacie Clos Bernadette employ staff member with a rudimentary knowledge of English.

French pharmacists act more like doctors

Everyone who works in the Pharmacie Clos Bernadette is trained in pharmacology. We can diagnose and treat minor illnesses. Instead of asking for a specific medication, try describing your symptoms (e.g., migraine headache, upset stomach, cough). We will sell you the appropriate treatment or give you information on how to contact a local doctor.
You can also talk about your health problem, get advice, get questions answered that you forgot to ask the doctor, etc.

Know Generic Names for Your Medications

Also, note that many US brand name medications may not be recognized by French pharmacists. Try to note the generic name or ingredients for your common medications so an appropriate substitute can be found.
Remember: we don’t carry the full stock of all the products. We can order your desired items. Usually, we are able to obtain them within 6-24 hours.

French pharmacy must-haves

With a high-tech blend of cosmetology and science, French Pharmacy brands have been causing a stir in the beauty world over the last few years. Their cult products are renowned for efficacy and care, offering specialist care for sensitive and problematic skin and hair at reasonable prices.
Pharmacie Clos Bernadette is a treasure trove of finds for anyone who loves scented products and skincare, or simply enjoys searching for affordable and interesting brands.
Pharmacie Clos Bernadette offers a wealth of good value, time-tested lotions and potions like multi-purpose Homeoplasmine ointment, non-irritating make-up remover Bioderma Sensibio H2O, Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse multi-purpose dry oil, life-changing Klorane dry shampoo and other celebrated French beauty and skincare products.